It’s February, and it’s raining. But do not despair, the thing that makes February worthwhile every year is about to make its delightful appearance: Festival Neue Literatur (Feb. 26-28)! I’ve written about FnL before, and I even used to curate it once, but now I get to sit on the sidelines and enjoy all the great storytelling as this year’s capable curator, Ross Benjamin, works his lion-taming magic on a half dozen Austrian, German, and Swiss writers who’ve been imported from Europe for the long weekend. Last year’s festival chair, novelist Monique Truong, loved the festival so much she came back this year too! All events will be conducted in English, of course (that’s the point of the festival – making the latest in German-language literature available and accessible to a NYC audience), and you can read English excerpts from all the participants’ books on the festival website, which is here. And here’s where you’ll find a complete schedule of the events that begin this Friday and run through Sunday. There’ll even be an event (on Saturday) specifically highlighting literary translation! Festival participants include Daniel Kehlmann, Natasha Wimmer, Álvaro Enrigue, Laura Perciasepe, Ann Goldstein, Joshua Rothman, Sal Robinson, James Hannaham, Siri Hustvedt, Jenny Offill, and John Wray joining the six visiting authors featured in this year’s FnL: Xaver Bayer, Sibylle Berg, Iris Hanika, Vea Kaiser, Christopher Kloeble, and Pedro Lenz. Information on all involved can be found on the website, check it out. There’s even a trailer! All the festival events are free (some require RSVPs). Hope to see you there!